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Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a remarkable month in South Africa—the country that changed my life. I’ve often said that I learned my theology of hope from South Africa, during the anti-apartheid struggle I was thrust i ...

Anti-Apartheid Action In South Africa and Abroad
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive poverty, like corruption and unfettered crime, is a human condition to be addressed and mitigated by principled choices to alter societal structures. Oppressive poverty ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

A Tribute to Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill These magazine articles and blog posts published by Sojourners through the years pay tribute to the great South African ...

A Prayer for Mandela
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation. NELSON MANDELA ...

Mandela Said to Be ‘Steadily Improving’ on 95th Birthday
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela turned 95-years-old today and in honor of his parity work throughout South Africa, people of all races are joining together and celebrating his legacy in the form of song and offerings. ...

Meeting Madiba — An Unlikely Encounter with Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I had the honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela in a most unexpected way — just two months after his April inauguration as the first democratically-elected Presid ...

Lessons in Creating Ubuntu
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Conversations in Transition: Leading South African Voices. David Philip Publishers Conversations ...

Fr. Michael Lapsley’s 'Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

To know former anti-apartheid warrior Father Michael Lapsley today is to rejoice in how, as taught by St. Paul, “suffering is for the salvation and hope of others.” Most American ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid, has won the 2013 Templeton Prize, which is billed as the most significant ...

Stars Align on South Africa Human Rights Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

There is visceral identification by South Africans with the suffering of the Palestinians. Having achieved our freedom we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficu ...

An Alternative to American Apartheid
Originally Posted: 02/01/2013 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

In remembrance of Douglas’ critique surrounding his 19th century “white countrymen,” and in recognition of our annual celebration of Black History Month, we in the U.S. continue to mourn the deep divisions tha ...

Mandela: An Audio History
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

This award-winning series was produced by the audio collective at Radio Diaries and was broadcast on NPR in 2004. In Mandela: An Audio History , the voices of activists ...

Graceland, Apartheid and the 'Deep Truth that Artists Speak'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Twenty-five years after the release of Paul Simon's seminal Graceland album, a new documentary film, Under African Skies, which premieres tonite (Friday, May 25) on A&E, chronicles its creation and th ...

South Africans Visit D.C.
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

The gracious Muslim South African Ambassador to the U.S., Ibrahim Rasool — a former prisoner of apartheid — spoke with conviction in a “faith conversation” at his home on the day after Father Michael Lapsley r ...

South Africa Provides Hope and Power
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The grass roots civil society—planted and thriving from the liberation struggle—is active in movements such as Kairos Southern Africa. As an annual visitor to South Africa I am of ...

Pro-Tutu Petitions Flood Gonzaga
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker's invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, supporters of the anti-apartheid hero responded with 11,000 signatures ...

Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

On the 2012 Centenary Celebrations of the African National Congress, the Kairos Southern Africa theologians have released, “A Word to the ANC in These Times," calling attention to the “certain contradicti ...

Soul Food
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis departed on his three-month sabbatical at the beginning of January, I sent him a list of books, films and music that I thought would nourish his mind and spirit in, perhaps, diff ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Free South Africa, To Love More Deeply, When Disaster Strikes, Wrestling with Tradition. Free ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

Reformation Day and You(2): Reformed and Always Reforming
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

When I was ordained as a "Minister of Word and Sacrament" in the Reformed Church in America, a denomination that began in 1628, I imagined that I was being ordained to a church that was "reform ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

"The Arch" at 80: Saints Dance Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

There is a magnificent, modern church mural at St. Gregory of Nyssa's Episcopal Church in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood that il ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

Michelle Obama and the Women of South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divine meet. Places and spaces become holy because they are locations where the human and the divi ...

The Church Called to Rebellion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-Portfolio/13237970_n64hV#1125028640_vBEo3" target="_blank"></a>People can take a certain amo ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Prayer of the Day: Work for change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the strength of your spirit and inspired by your compassion, we make this promise to work for change which empowers the forgotten. In the strength of your spirit and inspired b ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/04/happy-birthday-rosa-parks/" target="_self"></a>Rosa Parks would have been 98 years old this Friday, February 4, 2011. As I watc ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: From 1963 to 2010
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

The Legacy of Apartheid
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter Are parties becoming just another name for permanent divisiveness? On a recent trip to Cape Tow ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After Glenn Beck said "social justice is a perversion of the gospel" and a "code" for Marxism, communism, and Nazism, I invited him to a public dialogue to discuss the true meaning of socia ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

This Is What the Emerging Church Looks Like?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.sojo.n ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

Archbishop Tutu Underwhelmed With U.S. Version of 'Reconciliation'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Archbishop Desmond Tutu's excitement that Congressional leaders were going through a process known as 'reconciliation' was abated last week when he learned that the procedure was not, i ...

Israeli Peacemakers' Challenge to Americans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>We have spoken with many Palestinians in the West Bank and in East ...

Not All Racial Comments Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hyper-media in perpetual election mode selling us a hyperbolic public discourse. Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hy ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Have You Thought About Nuclear Weapons Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The day one is detonated, it will be the only thing anyone will think about ... which is why we need to apply the biblical vision of "turning swords into plowshares" to nuclear weapons. ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

No Cheap Grace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joey Ager At the Christian Amahoro gathering in South Africa in June, former apartheid-era Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok publicly ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...